Riding Metra Now Costs A Lot More

CHICAGO (CBS) — The biggest fare hike in Metra history is now in effect.

Effective Wednesday, the price of a ticket is up 25 percent. One-way fares within the city from downtown increase from $2.50 to $3, while 10-ride tickets increase from $20 to $27 and monthly tickets go from $63.45 to $85.50.

One-way fares from downtown to inner-ring suburbs go from $4 to $4.75; 10-ride tickets go from $32.30 to $42.75; and monthly tickets increase from $102.60 to $135.25.

From downtown to the farthest outlying towns one-way fares will go from $8.50 to $9.25; 10-ride tickets will go from $68.45 to $83.25; and monthly tickets will go from $217.35 to $263.50.

Even the big boss has to abide by the new fares.

Metra executive director Alex Clifford does not ride the commuter railroad to work because he lives in the city, but when he does ride it, does he ride it for free?

“I do not, no, no. Absolutely not,” he said.

On Tuesday, customers rushed to buy tickets before the fare hike went into effect. But they couldn’t buy more than a month’s worth of discounted 10-ride passes, thanks to a Metra policy designed to prevent stockpiling.

Metra says it needs the money from the fare hike to plug a budget gap of at least $50 million.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Wolf

    Just like all public sector run or sponsored operations inefficiency dominates and default follows as pricing becomes no competitive …only more taxpayer bailouts and wealth transfer allows for the millionaire public sector employee to survive but at last there is a limit to extortion and rape even on the private sector workers….

    • THEE Yard Ape

      @Wolf – You are spot on !!!! BRAVO !!!! How many more billions of tax payer dollars will be p!ssed away on this folly??!!

  • John B Bell

    A more accurate report would compare this price hike to the cost of driving cars along the same route, both in terms of the individual driver and the public costs to support that trip. If drivers can make the trip cheaper, including parking at the destination, I’d like to see how they do it.

  • Mad Metra Man

    The ultimate slap in the face this morning came to a lot of riders. Not only was there this massive fare increase, a number of trains were cancelled or delayed due to “man power” issues. Man power issues??? Really??? We have millions of people out of jobs and Metra is struggling to find people to punch tickets? What a disgrace.

  • Jim

    Keep in mind that we also pay the RTA tax on everything we purchase (it’s in the sales tax). They just increased that a couple of years ago and blew threw that with executive raises and bonuses.

  • Scott

    You guys probably figured the fares would stay the same forever. Everthing has to go up eventually.

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